This is my third post about Tailwind. I’m still writing about it because I’ve been using Tailwind to grow my Pinterest presence for the past 3.5 years. It has been a crucial tool to help me create, schedule, and automate my Pinterest posts.
Using Tailwind for Pinterest growth continues to be the most enjoyable and effective aspect of my blogging strategy. To read my other posts about Tailwind, see How Tailwind Changed the Way I Use Pinterest Dramatically and How I Exploded My Pinterest Growth in My First Year of Using Tailwind.
How to Grow Your Pinterest with Tailwind
This post is based on my own personal experiences, and some of the links present are affiliate links. For more information, please see my Disclosures.
How do you create pins? Tailwind has a built-in pin designer called Tailwind Create which allows you to customize varieties of similar pins. I have not been fully utilizing Tailwind Create; I am still using Canva to create most of the pins I publish through Tailwind.
Are you still loving Tribes? Yes, and I’m fully utilizing them now. Tailwind allows you to submit 30 pins per month to your tribes. Previously, I never came close to reaching that limit. Nowadays, I am more cognizant of gradually submit pins to my tribes in order to ensure I make full use of the 30 pins/month limit. My tribe, Mindfulness & Healing with Purpose, continues to grow!
How many pins do you have scheduled into the future? I currently have around 2,000 normal pins scheduled into the future. I also fully utilize SmartLoop to efficiently schedule variations of evergreen posts. You can have up to 250 SmartLoop pins running at one time, scheduled to differently themed loops.
How about your monthly Pinterest viewers? My average monthly Pinterest viewers are around 500-800k. Like anything, this data fluctuates. Sometimes I have certain pins go viral. For example, one of my pins received 5,000 saves in one week, skyrocketing my monthly viewers in the process.
How about Pinterest followers? I have been experiencing a consistent and steady growth in my Pinterest followers since I started using Tailwind. From 6 months to one year, my Pinterest follower count increased from 600 to 2,600. From one year to 3.5 years, my Pinterest follow count increased from 2,600 to 7,800.
How about actual blog traffic? Pinterest continues to be the #1 referrer to my blog. I consistently receive 5.5k – 8k viewers per month. I’m confident that with continued use of Tailwind, my blog will continue to see new record highs when it comes to traffic.
How much are you actually pinning? I have increased my daily pins from 2-5/day to around 5-8/day. I plan on continuing to fill out my schedule while increasing the number of pins I post daily.
How many total boards and pins do you have? I have 108 boards and 16,500 pins published on Pinterest. Compared to other people who are quite successful on Pinterest, that number of pins is quite low, which shows me I’ve yet to tap into the full potential of what Pinterest can do for growing my blog.
How are you making any money? I use MagicLinks to create custom affiliate links in order to monetize my blog posts. I’m also an affiliate through ShareASale, and I have online art stores on Zazzle and Redbubble. I also sell my own digital art through a store directly on my website.
What about using hashtags in Pinterest posts? Hashtags aren’t really used anymore on Pinterest. You’re better off using keyword phrases that are frequently searched.
What about people stealing your pins? It happens a lot. People tend to steal the exact pin along with the exact description and use it to link to a malicious website. I regularly report all offenders for copyright infringement and Pinterest removes the pins within a day or so. When I report these pins to Pinterest, I include a link to my web page where the image can be found along with the link to my original pin. So far I have caught and reported 150+ instances of my pins being stolen. To avoid this, I would recommend adding your website URL to every pin, along with a watermark around artwork or other content you really don’t want stolen.
What about social media sites other than Pinterest? Personally I don’t find most of the other social media sites enjoyable or directly beneficial to my business. I choose to focus the majority of my efforts on Pinterest growth and search engine optimization (SEO), as my #2 referrer is Google. However, for those of you into Instagram, Tailwind does also offer post scheduling on that platform. They also have a great built-in hashtag finder tool that works fantastically.
What does the future look like? I expect my Pinterest followers, monthly viewers, and website traffic to continue growing exponentially as I continue my Tailwind strategy. I will continue writing follow-up posts with my results.